About Us

The Rhode Island Slave History Medallion organization is a statewide public awareness program committed to marking those historic sites connected to the history of slavery in Rhode Island.

What We Do

The Rhode Island Slave History Medallion (RISHM) organization is a statewide public awareness program committed to marking historic sites connected to the history of slavery in Rhode Island.

Slavery was the global economic engine of the period and Rhode Island’s role in this economy was significant. By marking sites throughout the state that are connected to that past, we hope to make that history easily accessible by telling a more complete story of the cultural and economic development of the state of Rhode Island.

In each city or town, a QR coded Medallion will link you to our website that contains the historical content about each location.

We welcome participation in the Rhode Island Slave History Medallion project. Please help us accomplish this landmark achievement in education.

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Our Mission

Rhode Island Slave History Medallions works to increase
public awareness of RI’s history of slavery by installing
medallions at historic sites, linked to our documented
website, that tell the forgotten stories of enslaved African
and Indigenous people, and by engaging in research,
community partnerships, and education programs about
slavery and effects of that legacy today.

Join or Donate

As we pause to reflect on this past year and all the many ways RISHM has been able to grow through your support, we wanted to take a moment to express our most sincere thanks. The important work RISHM does around commemorating the lives of the enslaved as well as open dialogues for racial understanding and healing would not be possible without you. Help us continue our work in 2024 & beyond.

– Charles & the RISHM Team

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